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Small Businesses are Essential for Our Downtown Area #SmallBizSat

As I mentioned previously, the main downtown area in the city I live in (hello suburbia!) is full of small local shops.  This is where we hold a variety of festivals throughout the year, such as Strawberry Fest.  I can’t imagine what it’d be like around here if these shops didn’t exist.  It would definitely hurt the economy in our area, I think, because downtown has become sort of a tourist attraction especially in the summer.

Would there be more “big box” stores if the local ones didn’t exist?  I don’t know.  I don’t think so because the space just isn’t there the way it is designed right now.  It certainly would not be as fun to just walk around if it was any other way.  And no way would “big box” stores be okay with closing off the street and moving business outside for the festivals the way we experience them now!

Photo by jimmywayne on Flickr

There is a nice variety of local businesses here: confectioners, restaurants, garden, home decor, crafting, butcher, consignment and even a theater!

I love being able to shop in a specialized boutique because I feel like there are more options available.  Plus, they tend to have more unique and handcrafted items.  Some of them take in items from local artisans to sell which supports our community even more.  Another thing I like is how small businesses are often more involved with the community directly whether it’s to rally behind a family in need or to support local recreational sports leagues.

And let’s not forget the service.  Even though people from my community also work in chain stores, word of mouth is super important for the survival of smaller shops.  So, it feels like they take more time, attention, and care when interacting with their customers.  Have you noticed this too or is it just me?

Next week I’ll share with you some of my favorite local small businesses.  Here’s a hint – most of them are food related!

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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of American Express. I received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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  1. Rita @Mom With a Dot Com November 15, 2012 Reply

    I think shopping with small businesses is very important. I have a small biz and I tend to buy gifts for people through myself.
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  2. Staci November 15, 2012 Reply

    I love the customer service you find at local small businesses. And it is always fun to run into the owners and employees around town and in your neighborhood. Small businesses rock!
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  3. Michelle November 15, 2012 Reply

    I love shopping at small businesses. The products are usually great quality and costumer service is so much better!
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  4. Amber Edwards November 15, 2012 Reply

    I love shopping small businesses! I love skipping the Black Friday crowds and enjoy the more unique gifts.
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  5. Ronni Keller November 15, 2012 Reply

    As a small biz owner myself, it’s awesome people are talking about this! We count on the community to thrive and hopefully give a service special to them in return.
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